Portrait of King Charles II, by John Riley

Monetary Crisis (1660), as Charles II Fixes Exchange Rates for Foreign Coins in Ireland

Introduction Though fresh attempts were being made in the reign of Charles II to strengthen Britain’s currency, these efforts did not prevent the monetary crisis of the 1680s which saw a fast decline of England’s currency on the international exchange markets. The basic unit of account was the pound sterling defined as the equivalent of 240 pennies…

Portrait of King Charles II, by John Riley

Proclamation of Charles II, 1672 (making current Royal Farthings and Halfpennys)

Proclamation of Charles II, Issued 16 August 1672 Making Current the Royal Farthings and Halfpennys and Forbidding the Use of All Others By the King. A Proclamation for making currant His Majestie’s Farthings and Half-pence of Copper, and forbidding all others to be used. Charles R. Whereas of late years several Persons and Corporations, upon…

Portrait of King Charles II, by John Riley

Proclamation of Charles II, 1674: prohibiting farthings, half-pence, or pence of brass with private stamps

Proclamation of Charles II, issued 5th December 1674 Enjoining the Prosecution of Persons making or uttering farthings, half-pence, or pence of brass with private stamps   By the King. A Proclamation enjoining the prosecution of all such persons as shall make or utter any farthings, half-pence, or pence of brass, or utter base metals with…